The Boss

Ah, the 1980s. Remember how epic that decade was? Ronald Reagan was President, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone and Chuck Norris ruled the box office with epic action movies, IRON MAIDEN was at the then-height of their popularity (they've gotten way bigger since the reunion in 2000, though), and cheesy hair metal and thrash were competing for popularity.

Speaking of great music from that era- I've always enjoyed Bruce Springsteen's work, ever since I first heard "Born in the USA" as a little kid. My dad taught me how to appreciate great old-school rock, and The Boss was certainly a sterling example of that.

There is a particular deftness and lyricism to his music that most musicians simply cannot replicate. Back in the 1970s and 1980s, Bruce Springsteen spoke to the heart of the country, writing and singing about themes that resonated deeply with the working-class men and women who were, and still are, the backbone of this country.

You only have to listen to songs like "My Hometown" or "I'm On Fire" to understand just how well he captured the mood of a country that was, at the beginning of the 80s, confused, divided, and unsure of its own identity.

Much as I thoroughly disagree with his left-wing politics- indeed, it's crazy ironic that his "working class man" shtick should actually make him an ardent supporter of the God-Emperor, yet he shilled for the Hilldebeast instead- I think he's one of the best singers and songwriters out there. And his back-catalogue is, quite frankly, amazing.

Also, can I just say- Courtney Cox as a 20-year-old was stunning. Imagine coming home to that every night- and then look at her today. Boy, did she hit the Wall at 150mph or what?!









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  1. The guy can write a solid, catchy tune, defined 80's rock for many, and his work ethic was amazing, but what struck me on listening to a lot of his hits recently was how often a catchy tune and refrain was married to an utter depressing downer of a song.

    In the end, I find myself turning more to new wave, Billy Idol, and Dire Straights. Seriously, give their first album, Love over Gold, and Brothers in Arms a deep listen. Yeah, a lot of the 70's depressing that fuelled the Boss's own darker lyrics are there too, but damn.

    And I suspect there's a reason "money for nothing" doesn't get much airplay

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